Research in Motion Releases APIs for Push Notifications
Joining the iPhone and Windows Phone 7 Series, BlackBerry maker Research in Motion is now releasing its API for push notifications for use in third-party app development. Called the BlackBerry Push Service by RIM, the protocal “enables developers to easily develop Java® applications or BlackBerry Widgets that leverage RIM’s push technology either through the BlackBerry Enterprise Server (for enterprises) or BlackBerry Internet Service infrastructure (for consumers), so that content providers can reliably push images, text, or audio content to millions of BlackBerry devices at once. Unlike alternative push solutions that can only notify users that new content is available for download because of push message size limitations, with the BlackBerry Push Service, full content (up to an industry-leading 8KB in size) is pushed to the device and made immediately available for use.”
It looks like those who would rather not multitask between third-party apps–or let third-party apps run all day to conserve battery life–can find push now on Microsoft’s, Apple’s, and Research in Motion’s platforms.
(via: BlackBerry Blog)